Here are some suggestions for those who’ve never read the Bible before or who haven’t read it regularly for quite awhile. This topic comes up from time to time as I talk with people at church or at school. “Can you give me some tips” they’ll ask. Well, here is the first of several more to come in future installments.
First: Commit yourself to do it.
I realize that sounds fairly obvious, but many of us have the desire but lack the discipline. We need to make the decision that we’re actually going to read God’s Word on a regular basis. Yes, the Bible is a big book, but it’s not insurmountable. We can do it, though, if we commit ourselves to it.
“This Book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Josh. 1:8)
We can’t meditate on God’s Word, and we certainly can’t obey it, if we don’t read it. Everything God told Joshua is predicated upon the regular intake of the Bible.
Believe it or not, the Bible can be read in about 90 hours! That’s right, about 90 hours from cover to cover, all 1189 chapters. If you read every day, you’d need to read for 15 minutes – that’s all – to read through the entire Bible in one year. If you read 5 days per week instead of 7, you’d need to read for about 20 minutes. One hour and 45 minutes per week would reach the same goal. A time commitment like that shouldn’t be beyond any of our reaches. Most of us spend far more time checking our e-mail. Certainly, we could carve out 15 or 20 minutes for God’s Word – the Bible.
Commit yourself to read the Bible. Make a decision and stick with it even if you don’t feel like it – you’ll be blessed if you do!
(To be continued.)